What is the most effective way of ensuring that everyone has work to do, even when in isolation or excluded?

What is the most effective way of ensuring that
everyone has work to do, even when in isolation or excluded?

Nearly every secondary school I have visited or worked in has an isolation room or isolation area.

In one sense there is nothing wrong with this for Section 42 of the government’s “Behaviour and Discipline in Schools Advice” allows the use of seclusion or isolation rooms. But it also insists that the time spent there must be used as constructively as possible.

Which is why the series of Detention and Exclusion Management System worksheets for Key Stage 3 were developed.

The worksheets within the volume cover a wide range of topics and range of ability – and are all designed so that they can be used as a one-off in an emergency, or as a series of highly varied tasks over a number of days.

Book 1 of the series, Exclusion Worksheets for Less Able Students, contain worksheets which cover subjects as English, Geography, History, Science, Religion, Mathematics, Technology and Food.

Activities range from changing the tense of an extract from the third person to the first person in English, to completing a wordsearch on light, electricity and sound in Science.

And Book 2 of the series, Exclusion Worksheets for More Able Students, contain worksheets covering subjects as History, Science, Religious Education, Mathematics, French, Spanish, English, and Geography.

Activities in this volume range from drawing and labelling a diagram of the breathing system in Science, to a History task, requiring pupils to answer comprehension questions on how black people were treated in America 90 years ago.

Each lesson in the volumes is printed on a single page and is simple to photocopy instantly for any pupils that require work.

The Exclusion Worksheets book 1 and book 2 are available from Hamilton House priced at £50 each (£100 for both books) plus £2.95 delivery.

If you buy both book 1 and book 2 of the series together, you will receive Book 3: Detention Worksheets for free, which is usually priced at £30. The Detention Worksheets include activities such as filling in the gaps, to spelling practice through repetition.

You can order by

Email from the school’s email address to sales@firstandbest.co.uk
Fax to 01536 399 012
By phone (with a school order number) to 01536 399 011
By post to First & Best in Education, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, NN17 4HH

How to turn “I want to be an actor” into “I am an actor”

It is a given fact that the overwhelming majority of professional actors in the UK were initially trained at Drama School.

It is also true that the top Drama Schools in the UK audition as many as 2500 candidates every year from across the world.

So clearly, any student who wishes to go to Drama School and take up acting as a career needs to be well-prepared and confident enough to showcase his or her talent to the very best of his/her ability simply to get past the first hurdle.

It was with this in mind that A Student’s Guide to Auditioning for Drama School was written to help your students work towards achieving that desired place at Drama School.

The author uses both drama and the actual experiences of students to illustrate how to get ready for the audition and what the interviewers are looking for. He also demonstrates what can go wrong and offers tools and techniques to avoid these pitfalls.

There is, among other things, a section on the importance of selecting the monologues which are best-suited for the student, plus a list of suggestions for sources of monologues that the interviewers would find acceptable.

Taking Shakespeare as an example of the classical monologue, the book also discusses how to approach the presentation of the monologue with huge emphasis on understanding the real meaning of what is being said – as well as on the need for practise, practise, and then more practise.

Following this there are chapters which help the student prepare for the interview and workshop, as well as ways of dealing with such issues as confidence, nerves and the need to prepare one’s mind for what can be a gruelling interview experience.

The book ends with useful tips for students and lesson plans, all of which are geared towards improving the student’s confidence and presentation.

A Student’s Guide to Auditioning for Drama School is available in photocopiable format so can be shared with your colleagues and students in your school.
ISBN: 978 1 86083 886 6; Order code: T1827emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/dramas/T1827.pdf

Photocopiable book, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the bookr and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.
You can purchase the report…

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
On the phone with a school order number at 01536 399 011
By fax to 01536 399 012
On line with a credit card at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=800

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Preparing for the 2016 written arithmetic tests

What are the two fundamentals required for children to reach their potential in the 2016 Arithmetic Tests in KS1 and KS2?

For children to be able to reach their maximum potential in the 2016 KS1 and KS2 Arithmetic Tests they clearly need two things: to understand the relevant maths, and to be used to the format and style of the tests they will take.

Which is why we have produced the new photocopiable practice papers in Written Arithmetic prepared specifically for the 2016 syllabus.

Each book contains six photocopiable test papers, similar in style to the new government tests for 2016, and the volumes are available either as printed copies within a book, or as PDFs in an e-book, or as a download from the web site.

Answers are provided, along with assessment score indications at the levels of

Below National Standard
Towards the National Standard
At the National Standard
Above the National Standard
Mastery of the National Standard
The Practice Papers in Written Arithmetic books for Year 2 and Year 6 are available now. Books for Years 3, 4 and 5 will follow.

We have also produced the photocopiable book, Weekly Written Arithmetic Questions for Year 6, in support of the practice papers to develop pupils’ written arithmetic abilities in their final year of primary school. Books for Years 1 to 5 will follow.

This volume contains 30 pages of carefully graded arithmetic questions, each with their own full page answer sheet, and covers topics such as, number, calculations and fractions.

The price for the books depends on the format required:

Paper book in post £17.95
PDF e.book in post £15.95 + VAT
Download from website £13.95 + VAT
As always, you can order any of our resources in the following ways:

On our website
By phone on 01772 863158
By fax at 01772 866153
By email to sales@topical-resources.co.uk
By post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT


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Another product which can help your students be more productive is the Value Maths set, which can be useful to give (or sell!) to students and which has proved to be popular with many schools and colleges, especially just before exams.

The Value Maths set comprises a metal compass and half pencil, 180 degree protractor, two quality black ink pens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, metal sharpener and a 15 cm ruler, all packed in a convenient A5 size clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider. From just £1.10 ex vat it’s a handy (and cost effective) way of providing your students with the basics they need for maths lessons and exams.

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PS. If you need more information please call Martin Evans on 020 7515 1797 and he’ll be pleased to help.